Fabio Carrera @ WPI
My main research interest is emergent systems, especially as applied to urban information systems in support of
municipal maintenance, management and planning.
I have recently founded two
research laboratories at WPI:
Every year, I supervise several student research projects
connected to the two labs – from MS theses to undergraduate Major
Qualifying Projects to On-Campus
Interactive Qualifying Projects.
Full-time faculty member of the Interdisciplinary and
Global Studies Division
Preparation courses (ID2050) for
WPI Students going to Bangkok,
Massachusetts, and Venice, Italy.
A Computer Science Course (CS3043
Implications of Information Processing”.
Director of the Venice Project
Center since 1988. Produced over
100 studies for Venice on Preservation of Natural and
Cultural Heritage and on Urban Sustainability
(if you have a fast connection,
you can try to look at a very exhaustive yet very
large PowerPoint presentation about the VPC).
Director of the Boston Project Center since 1997. Produced over 25 studies
for Boston on a variety of municipal topics.
City Knowledge: An
emergent information infrastructure for sustainable urban maintenance,
management and planning.
MIT Doctoral Dissertation, September 2004.
Knowledge as key to understanding the relation between waters and stones in
In a Cambridge University book on Flooding and
Environmental Challenges for Venice and its Lagoon: A State of Knowledge 2003,
Cambridge, UK, in press.
Participation in Planning: Using GIS and Public Input to Envision Urban Change
in ‘Real Time’, with R. Krueger, J.Farmer and D.
NESTVAL Conference, Portland, Maine, 15-16 October,
the Tree of Knowledge: extracting
informational returns from the maintenance of trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Proceedings of the First
International Conference on the Management of Urban Maintenance,
Venice, Italy, April 2005. In press.
History: an Emergent System for the
Systematic Accrual of Transcriptions of Historic Manuscripts.
Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on
Document Analysis and Recognition. Seoul, South Korea: August 29-September 1, 2005. Paper submitted for review.
sustainable information infrastructure for the maintenance of the inner canals
Proceedings of the 2005 URISA
Conference (Urban and Regional
Information Systems Association), Kansas City, October 9-12, 2005. Abstract submitted for review.
Traffic Knowledge: Semi-automatic Traffic Data Accumulation in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, with J. Schreiber.
Proceedings of the 2005 ACSP
Conference (Association of
Collegiate Schools of Planning), Charleston, SC, October 27-30,
2005. Abstract submitted for review.
From plan-demanded Data to plan-ready
Information to plan-demanding Knowledge, with Lorlene Hoyt.
Journal of Urban
April, 2005. In preparation.
Homo Eruditus: the next step in our evolution. From hunter gatherers of urban data to
farmers of city knowledge.
and Planning B,
April, 2005. In preparation.
“Plan-Demanded” data to “Plan-Ready” information to “Plan-Demanding” knowledge:
building an infrastructure for urban maintenance, management and planning.
Conference, Leuven, Belgium, July
Recent Research Proposals
Impact of Tourism on the Quality of Life of the Citizens of the Historic Center
of Venice, Italy.
Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei, December 2004.
last updated: March 21, 2005